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To Have and to Uphold: The Common Language of Status-Preserving Countermovements


Jessica L. Roberts


University of Houston Law Center

February 13, 2009

National Black Law Journal, Spring 2009

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This Article argues that countermovements intended to preserve existing status regimes share a common argumentative structure: the transformative framework. I begin by outlining existing legal scholarship on countermovements, most significantly Bill Eskridge's work on the antigay movement and Reva Siegel's theory of preservation through transformation. I then introduce the transformative framework, which posits that countermovements proceed through three distinct types of rhetoric--religious natural law, medical utilitarian, and social republican. I then apply the framework to a series of case studies from Reconstruction Alabama and pre-Loving Virginia. I conclude that countermovements adapt over time in a predictable pattern, a discovery which may help movements respond more readily to their opponents.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: interracial marriage, anti-miscegenation laws, miscegenation, rhetoric, movement, countermovement, traditional family values, preservation, preservation through transformation, status regime, social hierarchy, race, norms, homosexuality

JEL Classification: Z00, K00, K19, K10, K19, K30, K39

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Date posted: April 7, 2008 ; Last revised: August 3, 2009

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Roberts, Jessica L., To Have and to Uphold: The Common Language of Status-Preserving Countermovements (February 13, 2009). National Black Law Journal, Spring 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1116259

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University of Houston Law Center ( email )
Houston, TX 77204
United States
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